This week marks National Volunteer Week and 16 local community groups in Cunningham will receive $62,540 in funding to support local volunteers. 

The Volunteer Grants program is a $9 million program to support local volunteers across Australia.

The grants awarded are between $1,000 and $5,000 and will enable local organisations to better support their volunteers to purchase small equipment, pay fuel, transport and training costs.

Sharon Bird said that many local community groups had been doing it very tough through the bushfires over summer and more recently with COVID-19 restrictions.

“Community groups have faced a lot of pressure recently with some organisations at the frontline of providing services to people in need while many organisations such as sporting groups have had their volunteer activities, including fundraising activities, suspended.

This funding will help local organisations to support their volunteers as they continue or recommence their important work in our community.

Volunteers are an integral part of our society, especially during difficult times. Their contribution is vital to ensuring that we continue to support families, provide employment pathways for young people and strengthen community resilience.

National Volunteer Week runs from 18-24 May and is run by Volunteering Australia. You can get involved in the online activities by visiting the Volunteering Australia

A list of successful applicants in Cunningham is below.



Entity Name



Bulli and Districts Tennis Association Inc


Purchase of ball machine

Bulli Surf Life Saving Club Inc


Purchase of computer and office equipment

Circus Monoxide


Purchase of eskys, lockable storage cabinets and audio equipment

Green Connect Illawarra


Purchase of laptops, docking station and monitor

Healthy Cities Illawarra Incorporated


Purchase of portable stoves and fuel costs for volunteers

Multicultural Communities Council of Illawarra Limited


Purchase of PPE equipment, first aid items, training costs, background checks, and fuel reimbursement

Port Kembla & District Meals On Wheels Incorporated


Purchase of commercial upright freezer

Russell Vale Golf & Social Club Ltd


Purchase of multi-function printer

Russell Vale Junior Football Club Incorporated


Purchase of line marking machine

Scarborough Wombarra Surf Lifesaving Club Inc


Purchase of four marquees

Unanderra Scout Group


Purchase of laptops, a fridge, and contribution to fuel costs.

St Vincent de Paul Society NSW


Purchase of smart phones and computers

Surfrider Foundation Limited


Purchase of drone, first aid courses, and contribution to fuel costs.

Tarrawanna Public School Parents and Citizens Association


Purchase of computer equipment

1st Austinmer Scout Group


Purchase of box trailer

Wollongong Tennis Courts Administration Inc


Purchase laptop computer and printer